State applies to seize funds found in house

A court order was sought on Friday to have a combined sum, totalling €30,844 forfeited to the state that was seized from a local couple.

A court order was sought on Friday to have a combined sum, totalling €30,844 forfeited to the state that was seized from a local couple.

However, the application under the Criminal Justice amended Proceeds of Crime Act was adjourned at Dundalk Circuit Court for state barrister Kevin Segrave to submit a replying affidavit after objections were made on behalf of Sonia (36) and Gary Mullen (37) from whom the money was taken after a search of premises at 118, Ath Lethan, Racecourse Road on November 3rd 2011 by Revenue Officers.

It was suspected that the money comprising €4,160 Euros, €2,400 sterling, $ 5,870US, United Arab Emirates Dirhaim 260 along with a cheque for €19,800 drawn on NR Filling Station Ltd made payable to Gary Mullen, represented directly or indirectly the proceeds of crime or was intended for criminal conduct.

Barrister Mr. Jim McCullough for the Mullens argued that procedures adopted by the state were defective with only one order from the district court attached to the state affidavit.

He said there were a total of seven applications made before the district court for the continued retention of the money and six orders were made.

The striking out of one application in June last raised a question mark on the continuity of the detention of the money and was a serious difficulty for the application. Judge Reynolds put the matter back to Trim on March 7th